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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall on 1973-12-18 (December 18, 1973)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: December 18, 1973 (check for other copies)
Venue: Curtis Hixon Convention Hall
Location: Tampa, FL

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBD Reel master > cassette > DAT > CDR (unknown gens) > EAC > CDWav retracking> SHN
Keywords: Live concert


Description

Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, Don't Ease Me In, Looks Like Rain, They Love Each Other, Me And Bobby McGee, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line-> Peggy-O, El Paso, Deal, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider Promised Land-> Bertha-> Greatest Story Ever Told, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Weather Report Suite Part 1-> Let It Grow-> Dark Star-> Mind Left Body Jam-> Dark Star-> Drums-> Eyes Of The World-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: Uncle John's Band

Notes

SBD Reel master > cassette > DAT > CDR (unknown gens) > EAC > CDWav retracking> SHN; Extraction, retracking, shortening by G.S. Hamilton (for real). Please use md5s to ID copies in circulation. Note d2 has 9 tracks; alternate shn set in circulation has 7 d2 tracks and is not really via Greg, but is apparently from another CD set. (This has same reel change in Wharf Rat (d3t04) @ 6:36.); note noise reduction notes in pub comments apparently pertain to alternate shn set only, no NR on this entry

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Average Rating: 4.55 out of 5 stars4.55 out of 5 stars4.55 out of 5 stars4.55 out of 5 stars4.55 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: mklsgl - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 14, 2012
Subject: Typical '73 Utopian Show
Sparkling recording of the Rare and Different. Seriously, what other band or performer could take you "there" on any given night, night after night, tour after tour for the better part of 30 straight years.

njpg - if you read this, you can stop with the "stream only" thing and email me at tchfgra@comcast.net for a fairly easy way of downloading this show.

Reviewer: G.Dadams - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 20, 2011
Subject: Phil
Rockin out big time

Reviewer: Erastus Corning II - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 28, 2009
Subject: Jerry's Pipes!
Very solid show! Jerry has a great night. Generally, I'm partial to Bobby's vocals in Jack Straw (cut down a man in cold blood shannon!), but he definitely gets outshone on this night. All in all, a very enjoyable show.

Reviewer: sugareesalibi - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 28, 2009
Subject: Dont Ease
I can't believe the lack of reviews on this show. Nonetheless, this was a fairly tight night for the guys. A fantastic Don't Ease and Jerrys voice on They Love Each Other really pulls you in.

Might have been all that Florida sand and sun, whatever it was this is a show well worth the download and subsequent listening session.

Reviewer: SteveOK - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 19, 2008
Subject: phil after bertha
phil after bertha - "oh man you guys didn't want to play good lovin??"

Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 3, 2008
Subject: The Greatest Story Ever Told
In a rather nondescriptly, mailed-in performance, the Grateful Dead lull you into thinking they do not "have" it that night and then one and/or another of their great songs comes to fruition via a boiling over within song -- jump-start. And then, suddenly, the top of your head is blown off, and you're wondering why you ever gauged this show as something pedestrian -- given the nature of their titanic tour. Really, it is an average show for this time, but you would be well apprised to say:

"Nope, it's all good." The first set songs are not the greatest versions but they are, nonetheless, enjoyable.

Another Jimmy Row to begin the second set leaves you dipping yourself into the marinade once again.
It's another superior rendering of this song. One of those songs, again, where you think you're done and Jerry spreads it all back open to it. You find yourself seated and that just cannot be because you thought all along you were standing.

Weather Report Suite Parts I & II -- not great, but more than passable and the Let It Grow doesn't let you down and then the band casts off into Dark Star and you're once again into the pudding. The band, like an erupting volcano, goes through its paces and then comes up with a pre-Seastones meltdown and gradually, like new shoots of grass after the first rains, the band leaves the stage and Billy does his drum solo and it quickly lands within the Eyes of the World.

What ensues is another astounding performance of this song in 1973 when the band seemed to reach its voice. Not listed in the track sheet is the king beautiful of all Grateful Dead moments: Where Eyes goes into both the Spanish Jam and back into Eyes and into the Mind Left Your Body Jam and back into Eyes. If ever I would want to turn a newbie onto classical Dead I might refer them to this recording. For this sequence alone this presentation merits a 5 star rating.

Then the band slowly drifts into a pristine Wharf Rat. There need not even be any lyrics in this tune for the music precisely evokes the inherent sentiment. I even thought I saw Charlie Chaplin whisk by in his tramp costume!!

That done Billy screams "whattya want..." and the band jumps into Sugar Magnolia and after a rocking version of it say "See Ya Later" and then come back and do a rocking version of UJB.

Thank you to the people who presented this.

Reviewer: WhoaJimmy - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 2, 2008
Subject: Thank you, thank you, thank you...
...Internet Archive for bringing these shows back after 2 years of MIA! I hadn't checked in a while, and now some of my favorite shows like this one, and 5/11/72, and 3/18 - 3/20/77 are back.

As for this show, you have to listen to Greatest Story. Hands down, best ever (I know, I know, but just listen to it). Jerry ate his Wheaties this day! And Donna is no where to be found.

Trust me, give it a listen.

Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 12, 2008
Subject: Dick picked the wrong Curtis Hixon show!
This jazzzy show blows 12/19/73 away!

The entire show smokes (A+ SBD) but the China/Rider segue is just amazing, as is the WRS and tremendous Dark Star.

Weir is slashing and playing very well, which leads to some very fused interplay throughout. Some of these versions are particularly unique, especially the jazzed out Eyes!

Reviewer: MindBender65 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 1, 2005
Subject: AHHHHHHHH
That reel flip in Wharf Rat is crucial. Oh how it kills me. Not sure why this show doesn't have more reviews, it sure sounds good. Garcia's vocals on Wharf Rat are beautiful

Reviewer: flysurferrosa - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - January 24, 2005
Subject: great great great
excellent sound quality in my opinion, and the band is just so together and tight. listen to bobby tell his psychedelic story between songs in the first set and the dark star is dripping with teases. if you like 73 this should be in your collection. thank you boys! (and girls!)

Reviewer: benthegoodbum - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 4, 2004
Subject: Amazing Dark Star
This is a pretty grand show overall. There are a few minor mess ups with the audio but besides that, the sound is fine. This show includes the best Dark Star I've heard so far.